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Professor Laura DeNardis on Internet Governance

17 September 2014

This video was produced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs in September 2014. The speaker is Laura DeNardis, a professor with American University’s School of Communication.

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There is no one person, no one body, no one company and
no one country that governs the Internet.

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[Dr. Laura DeNardis
Professor, American University]
It’s a ecosystem, not a single switch.

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So there are many different points of control of the Internet, and
they have to be administered by a combination of

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[PRIVATE INDUSTRY - CIVIL SOCIETY - GOVERNMENTS]
private industry, civil society and governments in order to run
efficiently and to maintain the freedoms that we have now.

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Moving to an intergovernmental body would really represent
a shift in how the Internet is run, and

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it has always been a very fast-paced, innovative environment
— it’s very important that that continue.

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Now, the Internet is our public sphere.

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It’s where we speak, and it’s where we do our business.

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So our very commerce, our freedom of expression and our
economic liberty is dependent upon this.

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So there’s a lot of motivation for citizens to be involved.

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And what they can do is be aware of the issues related to privacy,

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related to free speech, personal reputation
and economic freedom online;

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find out what their governments are doing in these
areas; and voice their concerns.

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[The Internet belongs to everyone.
Let’s keep it that way.]

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[openinternet.state.gov
#openwww]